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New Tools for Learning


Published 1951


"So much must be learned by so many in so little time. This is the question we must address to every aspect of the problem. School buildings; equipment; teacher's loads; teacher's salaries; the training of teachers and the tools for learning."
Promotes educational and training films. Includes industrial, military, and scientific leaders extolling the use of educational and training films in teaching. The point is made that the world is increasingly complex and there is a corresponding need to augment knowledge.
"If you want to know what we're really doing, take a look at our schools; for on what we're doing here and in schools throughout the world, rests not only our future fate but perhaps the very fate of civilization itself. "

AV Squads, school film libraries; audiovisual equipment in use. Opening is two and a half minute montage of stock shots: Capitol building, urban aerial, traffic, suburban lawns, food, industrial production, reaping grains, farm, locomotives; airplanes; trucks; vaccination; children playing outdoors; iron lung; buses; children in classrooms, children entering schools; close up globe; atom bomb explosion; fighter plane;rocket take off; end of World War I celebration; Armistice declared headline; Pearl Harbor; League of Nations; U.N;.; No Hiring sign [Depression]; Hitler; Stalin; radio; television; little boys picking out comic books; they choose Jesse James. World War I montage includes submarine, firing torpedoes; torpedos find their target; ship exploding. Students and teachers using film projectors; record players; tape recorders; Man with racks of educational films. Rapt students watching films in darkened classrooms; closing the window shades; students reading aloud. Adults watching films; Calf judging contest at state fair. Bloomington, Indiana classroom. Includes some African-American children. Wisconsin classroom. Cincinnati, Ohio classroom. Evanston, Illinois: Northwestern University
University of Chicago.


Producer University of Chicago Audio-Visual Center
Sponsor University of Chicago
Audio/Visual sound, color


Reviews

Reviewer: ERD. - - May 29, 2013
Subject: A good point for its time
For 1951, this film was correct in showing how films helped the students in their learning. In out present education, the teacher now has access to DVDs, computers, and all kinds of new digital equipment which helps the students to effectively visualize what they are learning.
I enjoyed watching the various scenes of the American classroom of over 60 years ago.
Reviewer: Spuzz - - January 16, 2013
Subject: Roll down the screen!
Fun film that demonstrates the many benefits film has in the classroom. Many examples of film are shown here to all sorts of classes (did I see a Frith film about the 4H? That voice is distinctly Don MacNamara's). Film helps fuel debate! They teach! Love the classroom that demands to see the film about the United Nations AGAIN. Can't get enough of that. Lots of shots of a classroom culture that's sadly, gone by the wayside.
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